A Fair Prospect: Disappointed Hopes: A Tale of Elizabeth and Darcy: Volume I (Anglais) Broché – 9 mars 2013
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(Please note: this is one story told across three volumes and there is, therefore, no conclusion to the storylines in the first two volumes. This story is rated PG)
In Disappointed Hopes (Vol I), Fitzwilliam Darcy returns to London a devastated and humbled man following his rejection by Elizabeth Bennet. The lady, meanwhile, is battling the unprecedented feelings stirred by having endured an innocent but intimate encounter with the gentleman in the aftermath of his proposal.
Soon on her way to Town herself for an unanticipated stay, she is comforted by the presence of an old family friend, one Nicholas Harington – the son of a wealthy family whose position in society rivals that of the Darcys of Pemberley.
Circumstance soon throws Darcy back into the company of Elizabeth, much to their mutual consternation, and also introduces him to Harington who has emerged as a potential suitor for Elizabeth’s hand, a union that is viewed as a fair prospect by all – except, perhaps, Darcy himself.
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A former college lecturer (and now a PA), Cassandra is British born and bred (though she did live in the USA for five years). She has two grown up children and splits her time between Rafz in Switzerland, where she lives with her husband and imaginary cat, and Regency England, where she lives with her characters.
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From the first page, Ms. Grafton takes the reader on a wonderful adventure - a new and imaginative retelling of the beloved classic tale. The story is beautifully written, full of romance, humor and yes, angst. But the page-turning tension is realistic for the period and the story - created so skillfully and naturally, and not as a result of some wild contrivances of plot. The characters, most importantly Elizabeth and Darcy, remain true to their original counterparts in all aspects, though the tale is wonderfully fresh. The new characters are a welcome addition and add much to the enjoyment of the story, without detracting from the central plot.
Let's be honest, far too many authors eager to take advantage of the popularity of Austen-based literature have slapped the names 'Elizabeth' and 'Darcy' onto a couple of characters, cranked out 200 pages of nonsense and had the nerve to call it a Pride and Prejudice story. That is most assuredly NOT the case with this lovely novel. Fans of Jane Austen will have no cause to repine with Ms. Grafton's exquisite re-imagining of her beloved work. It is far and away one of the most well-written, beautifully romantic and delightfully humorous adaptations I have ever read and will be a favorite on my bookshelf for many years to come. I cannot wait for the next volumes to be released!
Starting from the first proposal scenario to the final denouement, this story had me in its grip, a roller-coaster of emotions at bay, alternating from angst to smiles to exhilaration --what a joy to be totally enthralled by an author's story-telling talent. It does not happen often, so it is cause for celebration when it does.
Take a bow, Ms. Grafton, you have a lifelong fan!
While the plot begins at a Pride and Prejudice book-based point, it departs then into a "what if" that is compelling and delightful. But throughout new adventures and emotions, Ms Grafton adroitly keeps her Austen characters true to their origins and development in canon; even as she introduces wholly original characters that shine despite having to play opposite such well-loved protagonists.
For fans of Jane Austen, this will become a favorite on your bookshelf after you've read it! I am very much looking forward to publication of the remaining books in this series.